for the beginning alone (by the way i REALLY want a synthaxe now
guitarists this is fantastic ;-)
Curiously I have the leather strap from one - probably picked up in Brick Lane market in the late 80s/early 90s - unfortunately not the rest of it !
About '86 I bought a s/h bass from a bloke in Brum (where I both lived and studied) - subject to some degree of hacking-about as part of someone's uni project to put some solenoids in it, to strike the strings - the seller had suffered a stroke and his right hand wasn't working very well.
"this is what I've replaced it with" - and he opened up a case with a synthaxe inside. Probably about 7-10k£ at the time - I think as a relatively well-paid apprentice in BT at the time I was on about £7k pa.
Link on the synthaxe wiki page :
I can't help wondering if it was about 30years to early - the electronics side of things would be relatively cheap to do now, but the neck would still probably be relatively expensive - it consisted of segmented frets, and piezo sensors on the strings detected string bending:
Interestingly this patent (maybe the rest) seems to have lapsed (see bottom:
I have a VOX Organ Guitar for sale. Segmented Frets and all...
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